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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

The Hall of Fame...

...game was yesterday in Cooperstown. It's a worthy reminder that all of baseball history is not more than an hour down the road from SmAlbany. Most readers probably either don't care or take that for granted, but you shouldn't. I can't tell you how many people I've met from the west coast who ask if I've ever been there and then are amazed at how close by it is.

The Hall of Fame game - a mid-season exhibition between two big league clubs - is a real treat if you ever get a chance to attend. They play at Doubleday field in downtown Cooperstown, which only seats about 8,000 people and is tucked in between neighborhood houses. During the home run derby, the announcer will make calls like, "And that one is headed straight for the Smith's porch out in left." Just a really good time. The major leaguers only play an inning or two (before being replaced by minor leaguers from their respective teams) but the home run derby, the parade, and the atmosphere make it an excellent day trip.
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